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Module 4

  1. 1. Module 4: Newbery Reading Mary Kool
  2. 2. Early Childhood Books <ul><li>1984 Like Jake and Me by Mavis Jukes (Knopf, Inc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Award Winner </li></ul><ul><li>Early Childhood Books </li></ul><ul><li>Odd. Odd. Odd. Alex's mom is pregnant and he is trying desperately to connect with his stepfather. His big and tough stepfather doesn't talk much and doesn't want him to help with whatever he's working on. Alex sees a spider go into his stepfather's shirt and tells him about it. His stepfather is horribly afraid of spiders and in an attempt to get the spider off of him; he takes off ALL OF HIS CLOTHES. While the spider scare brought them closer together, I thought this was very strange so I had my 13yr old son read it. He had the same take on it as I did. ODD. I wouldn't recommend this book esp. for early childhood reading. </li></ul>
  3. 3. The White Stag <ul><li>1937 The White Stag by Kate Seredy (originally Viking Press renewed 1979 Puffin Books) </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Award Winner </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Literature </li></ul><ul><li>This tale of Attila the leader of a nomadic warring tribe in Hungary begins with his grandfather Nimrod. The first few chapters tell of Nimrod and his sons. This is followed by the sons succeeding their father and then one son Bendeguz marrying Alleeta who dies giving birth to Attila. The father of Attila never shows him any love or compassion so Atilla grows up to be a coldhearted warrior. The story also has many fantasy elements that to this reader confuse rather than enhance the story. The story is geared toward upper elementary/middle school students but with all the characters and fantansy involved I found it difficult to find the focus of the story. Fast read, but not a good one. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Fantasy <ul><li>1993: The Giver by Lois Lowry </li></ul><ul><li>Laurel Leaf Books </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Award </li></ul><ul><li>Fantasy </li></ul><ul><li>From the beginning of the book until the last page Louis Lowry captivates the reader with the main character Jonas. In a world of sameness Jonas feels different from his friends and family. The change is subtle at first but gradually grows as he becomes the Receiver of Memory. This quick read will captivate readers of middle school age on up. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Multicultural Literature <ul><li>1999 Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis </li></ul><ul><li>(Delacorte Press) </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Award Winner </li></ul><ul><li>Multicultural Literature </li></ul><ul><li>If you don't fall in love with Bud, not Buddy and his Rules and Things for Having a Funner Life and Making a Better Liar Out of Yourself well that's fine with him you can kiss his wrist. </li></ul><ul><li>Buddy has been orphaned and shipped around too many times. It's set in the middle of the depression and he's a young black child looking for his dad. He is a charming, polite child and it breaks a person's heart to read how he is mistreated by the system. He is street smart and incredibly naive rolled into one and his journey between Flint and Grand Rapids is filled with adventure. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Fiction <ul><li>2010 Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool (Delacorte Press) </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Award Winner </li></ul><ul><li>Fiction </li></ul><ul><li>Abilene has been sent away by her father to live in Manifest. She is a scared little girl looking for a connection to her past and especially by her father. She encounters a &quot;diviner&quot; Sadie who gives her little by little just what she needs. Abilene with her friends Ruthanne and Lettie finds out a great deal of herself by learning about Manifest's past. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Biography <ul><li>1987 Lincoln: A Photobiography by Russell Freedman (Clarion Books/ Ticknor & Fields, a Houghton Mifflin Company) </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Award Winner </li></ul><ul><li>Biography </li></ul><ul><li>According to the author, more books have been written about Abraham Lincoln than any other American. In this account of his life the author covers in sufficient detail the entire life of Lincoln. Throughout the book there are quotations from Lincoln and pictures that enhance the story of his life. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Informational Book <ul><li>1939 Daniel Boone by James Daugherty (The Viking Press) </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Award Winner </li></ul><ul><li>Informational Book </li></ul><ul><li>In the introduction the author writes a letter to Daniel Boone. &quot;You never had any legal claim on Kentucky. You were not a leader of business enterprise like Mr. Henderson. You belonged to the Indian and the buffalo. You gave all and received nothing. You were a romantic. You neglected your opportunities to get in on the ground floor. You were a free singing rider in a lost dream. Bus you kept your rendezvous with destiny.&quot; With that quote you get the tone of the book. Mr. Daugherty drew the illustrations and they have that same romantic flair. This book is not for the politically correct, because it was written at a time when there wasn't such a notion. If you read this and take out bias and flowery language, you can feel like you met the real Daniel Boone. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Poetry & Pose <ul><li>Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse 1997 (Scholastic, Inc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Award </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry and Prose </li></ul><ul><li>When I first looked at the book I was a little turned off by the poem like style it is written. I soon forgot about it when I was drawn into the story. Billie Jo is an extremely likeable character and you just want to wrap your arms around her and tell her it will be okay, because life is so hard for her. It gives a very personal feeling of living through the depression. I would recommend this book for upper elementary and above. A quick read and thoroughly enjoyable. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Banned Book <ul><li>1972 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George (Harper and Row Publishers) </li></ul><ul><li>Newbery Award Winner </li></ul><ul><li>Banned Book </li></ul><ul><li>Miyax is the main character who communicates with wolves in the way her father taught her. In small doses the reader learns that Miyax is lost and looking for her pen pal in San Fransico. She is an Alaskan Native and her mother died when she was young and her father is missing, assumed dead. </li></ul><ul><li>She was a 13yrold bride and ran away after being assaulted. I disliked the character and the plotline. I couldn't connect in anyway to &quot;Julie&quot;. Not only would I not recommend this book, I don't understand why this is an award winning book. I also don't understand why this book would be banned. </li></ul>